Moneyval begins review of Vatican finances (Vatican Press Office) Moneyval, the international banking oversight group, begins a review of Vatican finances this week. The reviews—the latest in a series of periodic assessments—comes at a time when the removal of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu has raised new concerns about the Vatican’s internal controls. In the most recent previous reviews, Moneyval has praised the Vatican for imposing stricter controls on transactions, but expressed concern that violations have not been prosecuted.
Pope's apostolic letter praises St. Jerome (Vatican News) Pope Francis has released an apostolic letter, Scripturae Sacrae Affectus, marking the 1600th anniversary of the death of St. Jerome. The Pope remarks on “Jerome’s profound knowledge of the Scriptures, his zeal for making their teaching known, his skill as an interpreter of texts, his ardent and at times impetuous defense of Christian truth, his asceticism and harsh eremitical discipline, his expertise as a generous and sensitive spiritual guide.” He voices the hope that the faithful, reading the Scriptures, will learn to “love what Jerome loved.”
In Latin America, ferment over abuse, abortion and Covid (Crux) This round-up offers an overview of “a new bishop apologizing for clerical sexual abuse in Chile, the bishops of Nicaragua announcing the return of public Masses after the coronavirus and the Church in Ecuador praising the country’s president for vetoing a bill that would have partially legalized abortion.”
Cardinal Burke: Biden shouldn't receive Communion (Newsweek) “I don’t intend to get involved in the recommending any candidate for office, but simply to state that a Catholic may not support abortion in any shape or form, because it is one of the most grievous sins against human life, and has always been considered to be intrinsically evil,” said the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. “And therefore to support the act is a mortal sin.”
Cardinal Müller looks at US politics, the 2020 election, and Catholic conscience (National Catholic Register) Born in 1947, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012 to 2017. He also discussed the Vatican’s agreement with China: “What good is an agreement with the Chinese Communist Party if human rights are not respected and Catholics, Muslims and others are denied freedom of religion, and if atheists will even paraphrase the Bible to match their standards, i.e. falsify the Word of God?”
Pope appoints special prosecutor (Catholic Herald) Pope Francis has appointed a special prosecutor, the Vatican disclosed on September 28. Although the announcement did not identify the case involved, the prosecutor—Gianluca Perone, an expert in commercial law—is expected to probe the financial dealings of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.
People of Praise web site hacked before Barrett nomination (CNA) The web site of the People of Praise was hacked just before Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a member of the charismatic community, was formally nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court. Officials of the group have revealed that hackers obtained access to membership records before the breach was discovered.
Nigerian priest kidnapped and released--again (Fides) A Nigerian priest, Father Jude Onyebadi, was kidnapped on September 26, then released on September 29. Father Onyebadi had previously been kidnapped and released in 2016; in both cases the abduction took place at his parish in Issele-Azagba. Church officials did not know whether ransom had been paid by parishioners.